Consolation Prize?

OK, so the (latest, greatest) Government Shutdown is over, and all because the Republicans completely capitulated. Here’s Senator Graham keepin’ it real: To say we as Republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in American political history. Meanwhile, the rest of us are out $24billion because of "nothing…

Nice to See in Print

Well it’s about time. The link goes to an article (in Slate, no less!) called "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk" which argues that – brace yourself for this radical concept – getting drunk at parties greatly increases your chances of becoming a victim of sexual assault. And the best part? It’s written by a feminist!…

What Einstein Was

There’s an interesting discussion going on over at The Volokh Conspiracy about Einstein’s nationality. Apparently the LA Times recently refered to him as a "Swiss Physicist," and Eugene Volokh thinks that’s an odd thing to say. Lots of people lept to the conclusion I did – which is that Volokh thinks of him as a…

Meaningless Numbers

A Facebook friend posts this map from the Tax Foundation. It shows federal aid as a percentage of state budget, which it seems to think is a measure of how much of a drain a state is on the federal budget. But this isn’t the right number to use for that purpose. To see why,…

People Goin’ ta Russia

Noah’s latest post links to an interesting entry on Language Log about sentences of the following type: More people have been to Russia than I have Pullum (on LL) calls this "plausible angloid gibberish" to reflect the fact that although the sentence passes most people’s intial syntax filter – that is, it seems grammatical to…

Democracy Means Everyone

Dumb Facebook quote of the day: Does anyone know of a more effective response to the GOP’s outrageous behavior than contacting our local representatives? They’re causing real harm, and I don’t know how to do anything about it. It’s not that I don’t understand the frustration. If you’re an Obamacare fan, or even just a…

Spinning Yarns and Playing Fair

I haven’t done any complaining around here for a while, and there’s a government shutdown in progress, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it! This is a pretty dumb article that also happens to be entirely typical of the stuff I hear from the left a lot recently. It’s called The GOP…